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Is there a limit to the number of trips in 1 year to Poland?

moonmustang 2 | 46  
21 Feb 2008 /  #1
Czesc! Just got back from my first visit to Warszawa. I loved the city - didn't see it as negative as some of the comments I've read out here. I am most amazed by the Polish people in general - I have never met people so kind, generous and welcoming. The people I met in Warszawa expanded my already great perspective on Polish culture and friendship.

I am curious if anyone can tell me if there are is a restriction on the number of times in one year a visitor can visit for under 90 days? Meaning for example, if I was considering moving there on a part-time basis for say 45-60 days at a time... since my business is virtual (web) based, eventually want to find a business venture there but know it is not easy so a foothold would be helpful....but in the meantime, travel back and forth regularly as not need to haggle with visa approvals.

Any ideas or feedback would be helpful....I'm just starting to learn.
21 Feb 2008 /  #2
Now we're in Schengen, it's 90 days in any one year I believe.
OP moonmustang 2 | 46  
21 Feb 2008 /  #3
okay - thanks for that information - so basically if I travel there for a few 1 week trips then as I get closer to that 90 day cap I'll need to apply for a visa? Does that sound right? I'm going to check with the consulate....just appreciate feedback from "real people" too :)
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
21 Feb 2008 /  #4
90 days it is.....and they check very well. You will definitely need a visa to extend your stay. have fun!
OP moonmustang 2 | 46  
21 Feb 2008 /  #5
anybody know if visas are difficult to acquire or a basic procedure without too much redtape?
Dzhaklin 3 | 166  
21 Feb 2008 /  #6
Depends on where your from. I believe if your an EU citizen it might be easier to get a landing visa.
tornado2007 11 | 2,274  
21 Feb 2008 /  #7
Surely my dear if you are in the EU you are allowed to move 'freely' throughout the member states. As far as i know from England to Poland and visa vursa for Polish people they can do it as many times as they like. So under EU regualtion surely, for example me if i wished to do so could fly to and from Poland as many times as i liked.

If not, why not, surely if not then that is double standards!!!!
21 Feb 2008 /  #8
180 in 180 out. according to the Border official i was talking with on Nov 24 2007
tornado2007 11 | 2,274  
21 Feb 2008 /  #9
180 in 180 out.

lol why not throw in a random number :)
21 Feb 2008 /  #10
90 days it is.....and they check very well.

how do they check very well?? Now that the border crossings with other EU countries have been dissolved/de-commissioned.... how will they verify your entry to the country if you fly to another country and travel by bus or car into PL?

i was in for 432 days. with a day trip to Germany every 85-90 days. got my stamps. no one EVER questioned it. until day 420.

As a result of Poland's accession, Polish citizens may now freely travel within the Schengen area, which by now stretches over a vast part of the European continent. The abolishment of border checks was intended to eliminate waiting for a clearance, and thus to make traveling easier and faster. Border-crossing between the Member States of the Schengen Group is now allowed at any place and any time. Together with the abolishment of border checks, visa procedures were harmonized, including the rules for issuing visas to third-country nationals. As a part of a process of adjustment to the EU common visa policy, Poland waived its visa requirements for citizens of the states covered by the EU visa waiver program. With regard to some of these, including the US, Canada and Australia, measures are currently being taken in order to ensure their reciprocity. The abolishment of checks on the Schengen area's internal borders means that, at the same time, the control is strengthened on the external borders - in the case of Poland, these are the borders to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

According to immigration and visa rules, while traveling, it is recommended to hold an identification which confirms one's citizenship of an EU Member State. While no identity checks are conducted for persons crossing a state border, they may still be conducted at random all across the Schengen area.,in,Schengen,zone,1620.html
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
21 Feb 2008 /  #11
As an American I have to get my passport stamped. They check the dates in customs in Poznan airport. I've been questioned a few times.
22 Feb 2008 /  #12
thats if you enter through an airport, answer my question about entering by land.
22 Feb 2008 /  #13
i was in for 432 days. with a day trip to Germany every 85-90 days. got my stamps. no one EVER questioned it. until day 420.

That was before we entered the Schengen zone. Now it's 90 days for non-EU passport holders - like all other EU countries.

Surely my dear if you are in the EU you are allowed to move 'freely' throughout the member states.

That's true if you have an EU passport.

thats if you enter through an airport, answer my question about entering by land.

How are you going to enter the Schengen zone by land? There are no internal border controls now but you'll still have to go through a passport check at the edges of it - hence the massive queues in Ukraine for example, and also when you come into the UK by sea.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
22 Feb 2008 /  #14
Actually, this past January I travelled from PL to CZ by bus and we just drove through the border. I usually have to get stamped, but not that time. It was set up through a travel agency so I don't know if this was why.
22 Feb 2008 /  #15
CZ is also in Schengen, that's why. Once you're in the Schengen zone you can travel freely - there are no border checks.
Kowalski 7 | 621  
22 Feb 2008 /  #16
There will be no airport passport controls very soon ( I think in March), that is if you fly to Poland from EU country. The only reason they still control EU passengers is because of need to upgrade airports infrastructure to separate traffic from EU and non EU countries.
Lori 4 | 118  
20 Mar 2008 /  #17
I will be flying to Warsaw from the United States via Amsterdam in June. Now with the change of border controls since my last visit in 2007, do I go through immigration and customs in Amsterdam or Warsaw? I'm surely hoping it's Warsaw so I don't have to retrieve and then check luggage again between landing in Amsterdam and flying to Warsaw. Any advice will be appreciated.
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
20 Mar 2008 /  #18
Good question Lori, I'm going to Poland in May, but I'm flying from US to Paris first, stay a couple of days visiting and then fly to Wawa. Where will my US passport be stamped?
Kowalski 7 | 621  
21 Mar 2008 /  #19
If you leave your airport in Amsterdam or Paris you are checked there. If you are just catching connecting flight to another destination you will be checked later.

Internal EU flights are without checking. Airports have 2 zones, one for for incoming and outgoing flights outside of EU and 2nd for within EU flights.

Some airports have still one zone only so you may be checked twice but your passport will be stamped only the first time.
Lori 4 | 118  
21 Mar 2008 /  #20
Thank you for the clarification. I hoped it would that way. For example, last summer I went to Lviv after being in Poland for one month. When I flew back to Warsaw to catch my flight to the states, I simply followed the path for international connections and didn't have to go through Polish immigration and customs and then back out. But I want to say, that when I landed in Warsaw I felt like I had come back home. It was so fun to know exactly where the book store was in the airport, for example, just like I know my local airport. Thank you to all the people in Poland who have made me feel like I have a second home -- from a person who has no Polish roots at all, but has learned to love and honor this country.
21 Mar 2008 /  #21
...just appreciate feedback from "real people" too :)

Are you an EU citizen? If so, there are no limits, you just need to get a residency card which for EU citizens is almost automatice. If not, you can spend no more than 90 days in any 180 day period in the Schengen zone. Don't listen to people who tell you about the past, Poland has only been in the Schengen zone for slightly over 90 days now: the situation has changed since their experiences.

That said, (assuming you are from US/Canada/Oz/NZ/RSA) it is easy for you to set yourself up a 1-person company and get work permit for yourself. Then you will get a residency permit automatically.

PM me if you want more details. I will advise for beer and if you need detailed professional legal advice, I can point you in the right direction.

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